During a perfect spring evening on Nantucket, a violent storm erupts and a dome of crawling, colored fire blankets the island. When the howling winds subside and the night skies clear, the stars appear to have shifted. The mainland has become a wilderness of unbroken forest, where tools of bronze and stone litter the beaches, and primitive natives scatter in terror. A startling phenomenon has occurred: The island of Nantucket has been swept into the long-ago past. With its inhabitants adrift in the year 1250 BC, there is only one question to be answered: Can they survive?
©1998 S. M. Stirling (P)2008 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By walnutpen547 on 13-12-13

Island in the sea of time

If you could sum up Island in the Sea of Time in three words, what would they be?

Informative, interesting,

What did you like best about this story?

Was a good back story to the other books

Which character – as performed by Todd McLaren – was your favourite?

All of them very well characterised

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed listening to the book

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5 out of 5 stars
By George on 08-04-13


I loved this series - and the much longer one that followed it.

I listen to my audio-books whilst driving and this series had me looking forward to long car journeys. The initial plot mechanism is interesting and, apart from the initial series of coincidences necessary to get the ball rolling, the story develops well and the author generally adheres well to the rules of his universe.


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4 out of 5 stars
By Kevin on 26-11-08

Listen to this before "Dies the fire"

I got this after i had listened to the "Dies the fire" series, and was slightly disappointed. Not that the book is bad, it isn't. Its quite good. But many of the same ideas, themes and plot devices are used in his later books (only natural, as they are all tied together). However, Island in a Sea of Time feels far less polished then the later books. Again, not surprising, but for maximum enjoyment and to try ro follow the proper timeline, this one first.

Great narration, and regardless of the order they are read, i enjoy SM Sterlings' writing, and this was no exception.

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36 of 38 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By K Cornwinkle on 08-03-13

After 1632, this seems real.

The writing is much better; less cliches (although dawn comes up like thunder -how does this metaphor even work, I've always wondered).
Bonus points for strong female characters without all of them being over the top.
Alas, like 1632, the book is so long (not that I mind) that one tends to start wondering about the plausibility of the rapid adaptations of what remains of 20th century technology to the times -steam engines and the like. Not as quickly in this series but still.
Also, the bad guy, while evil to the core is not a cartoon and needs to be the sociopath he is for what he does to work.
Unlike 1632, one can't Wiki the history (what on earth was the 30 years war -ah, there it is-MY GOD!) along with the plot. Many of the civilizations exist only in speculative and sometimes somewhat arcane archaeology.I kind of wonder if this is a cult book on Nantucket and at the USCG Academy.

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